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Darryl Spijkers

Darryl Spijkers

HHDS Chairperson, Director, Actor, Writer

Darryl Spijkers
Instagram: darrylspijkers


Darryl is a Drama teacher and Head of Culture at Parel Vallei High School by day, with a passion for his learners, school plays and the Playhouse Theatre (of which he is the chairman), by night. His theatre experience dates back to Glenwood High School Drama Club followed by completing a first level Drama course at UKZN in 2002. In 2004 when he moved to Somerset West he choreographed and co-directed the Norman Robbins pantomime 'Hansel and Gretel' for the HHDS with Kelly Westraad (Prior), and has subsequently directed and designed over thirty shows. You may have seen him in the Cape Town Gilbert & Sullivan Society touring production of Yeoman of the Guard (2012) as a jester, in Teddy Davis' Fiddler on the Roof (2011) in his favourite role as the fiddler, or in The Wizard of Oz (2017) as the Scarecrow - all at the Artscape Opera House. He has directed Snoopy, Grease, Romeo and Juliet, Jack and the Beanstalk and LeMoulin Rouge over and above Playhouse productions which exclude plays written and directed for local schools. Darryl has performed in Hansel and Gretel, Gulls, Hello and Goodbye, Baby with the Bathwater, Absurd Person Singular, Cinderella the Pantomime and The Ugly Sister's Act. In his spare time he enjoys music, movies, poetry and spending time with his friends and dogs.


Performed in:

  • Hello and Goodbye

  • Hansel and Gretel

  • Thumbelina

  • Gulls

  • 5,6,7,8

  • Baby with the Bathwater

  • Absurd Person Singular

  • Cinderella the Pantomime

  • Cinderella the Ballet

  • The Ugly Sister's Act


  • Via Cookhouse Station

  • The Legend of Johnny Lingo

  • Hansel and Gretel

  • Cinderella The Pantomime (2007)

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream 

  • Once Upon a Tree

  • The Little Mermaid

  • Much Ado About Nothing

  • Fiela's Child

  • Cinderella van die Kaap

  • To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Annie

  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

  • A Streetcar Named Desire (2015)

  • Grease

  • Steel Magnolias

  • The Great Gatsby

  • Blood Brothers

  • Of Mice and Men

  • Calendar Girls

  • Snow White and Seven Dwarves

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • Showstoppers: Saturday Night at the Movies

  • Little Red Riding Hood

  • Shrek

  • The Diary of Anne Frank

  • Die Langpad Huistoe

  • Annie Get Your Gun

  • Cinderella the Pantomime (2019)

  • The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

  • Fiddler on the Roof

  • (V)LUG

  • The Ugly Sister's Act

  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

  • A Streetcar Named Desire (2020)

  • People Are Living There (upcoming 2020)


& Accolades

  • 2005 HHDS Best Newcomer

  • 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 HHDS Best Director

  • 2014, 2015, 2017 CATA Best Director

  • 2017 CATA Best Technical Contribution

  • 2017 CATA Best Technical Excellence

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